February 2015

13 posts

I often have to ask myself who I want to be when I grow up. This question usually comes to me when I am tired, and my only desire is to curl up on the couch with a good book, instead of sloshing around in knee-deep mud and water. When the temptation to turn around …
For the last Farm Women Exchange meeting, Kathleen did a talk and demonstration on starting from seed. She had some really great ideas as far as starting containers, including a plastic strawberry container – the kind you get when you buy them in the store. It has holes already in it, and a lid to …
One of the basic cycles of farm life is life and death. Last Monday, we came full circle when we were faced with the heartbreaking task of having to put down our fifteen-year-old Lab, Lacey. I remember traveling to Eunice, Louisiana with my mom to pick her up from a friend and customer of Randy’s, …
  Marie Hollis!    Marie, email me your mailing address, and I’ll ship you your prize this week. There was only one person who actually guessed correctly as to what this is – and that was Pam Wilson.  “Your mystery item is a soap saver. I remember my great grandmother making lye soap and when the …
To what lengths do you go to be frugal? Do you raise at least some of your own food? Do you can it or freeze it for later use? Do you get creative with leftovers, stretching one meal into two or three? It always has amazed me what my Aunts, Dot, Emily & Evelyn, would …
It’s that time. Before you know it, you’ll be in the garden, planting your vegetables. If you are like me, while you are working, your mind is wandering off to all those wonderful meals you will be preparing with your harvest. One of the things I am always mindful of when selecting the plants I …
  We all have them. We all indulge in them. The problem becomes when they seem to take up all of our time. They are called Time Wasters, and even if we can justify them, they still cause us to lose valuable time in our day. Here are five of the ones I struggle with …
  We are forever looking for ways to assist the Farm in making enough money to at least break even. We’ve had lots of ideas, but they either haven’t succeeded, cost too much to implement, or can’t make enough money by themselves. On a farm, it often takes several enterprises to make enough money to …
Kitchen ‘Littles’ If you cook at all, there are small items in your cabinets and drawers that you use on a daily basis. Things like measuring cups – both for dry and wet measuring, measuring spoons and a spatula or two. I have at least two or three of each, and use them all. There …
  Kitchenware I’ve always thought I was pretty standard when it came to items I use in my kitchen – wooden spoons, mixing bowls, and the like. But I do have a few things that I realize may not be part of the normal kitchen. Marble Board – Another hand-me-down, it’s one that I’ll probably …
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